Shots Fired at Home of Lawyer for Suspended Pakistani Chief Justice

Unidentified assailants fired shots at the home of a lawyer for Pakistan's suspended chief justice Thursday, injuring no one but adding to a sense of crisis rocking President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's hold on power.

The attorney, Munir Malik, and local police said about 15 shots were fired before dawn toward the house in Karachi, two of which penetrated an upstairs room where his daughter was sitting at a computer.

The attack came two days before a planned rally in the southern city, Pakistan's biggest, in support of Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, the embattled head of Pakistan's Supreme Court.

Malik said it was part of a campaign of intimidation against those working for the reinstatement of Chaudhry, whose ouster by Musharraf has provoked a month of mass protests and calls for the general to step down.

"It will not deter me from representing the chief justice and we will carry on our campaign for the independence of the judiciary," Malik, still in his pajamas, told reporters at his house in an upscale neighborhood of the city.

He stopped short of naming any specific suspects.